WWE: Power Ranking WrestleMania and All of the PPVs from 2010
There's a lot going on on WWE right now. The annual WrestleMania high is wearing off, but between Extreme Rules, the draft and a certain title changing hands at a certain TV taping, there is plenty of current events to write about.
Instead of hoping on that bandwagon and adding one more article into the mish-mosh of pieces covering Extreme Rules, Kharma, and once again, that certain title changing hands, I'm doing a slideshow ranking all of the pay-per-views of 2010.
We saw some really great shows, but we also saw some pretty bad shows. We'll be ranking all of them here.
As always, read through and leave a comment below.
Fatal 4 Way
This was WWE's first and last Fatal Four Way pay-per-view. The concept of the show was obvious: The main events were Fatal Four Way matches.
It did produce one great match with Chris Jericho vs. Evan Bourne, but one match can't carry an entire show, especially when the main events are just alright.
It wasn't absolutely terrible, but it was certainly the worst pay-per-view of 2010.
"Meh" is about the perfect word to describe Extreme Rules 2010.
Not all of Extreme Rules was bad, but it felt like "WrestleMania 26: Part 2" featuring much of the same card, but with some stipulations.
It wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't good.
WWE has been contemplating scrapping Survivor Series for some time now, and Survivor Series 2010 was at one point not scheduled to take place.
Regardless of what they called they show, once it was over, everyone was calling it one thing: mediocre.
The SmackDown main event ended in a draw and the Raw main event may have been for the WWE Championship, but that was overshadowed by the fact that Randy Orton was looking like a third wheel on the John Cena vs. Wade Barrett feud.
Night of Champions
Night of Champions featured the Undertaker vs. Kane for the World Heavyweight Championship, but other than that there was nothing remotely special on the card.
The big match to unify the Women's and Divas' Championships turned out to be, well, pretty bad.
Even the big Six-Pack Challenge match for the WWE Championship turned out to be not that great.
TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs
We're getting to the middle of the pack now.
This pay-per-view and the few surrounding it weren't bad, but they weren't amazing. They were just average.
TLC was exactly that, average. The main event was not very good, although that was offset by some other matches that turned out to be okay.
Bragging Rights was another just average pay-per-view. While it was headlined by the huge Undertaker vs. Kane Buried Alive match, nothing else on the card was all that great.
On top of that, the ending to the Buried Alive match was skewed by the Nexus, who helped Kane in defeating the Undertaker.
It wasn't a bad show, but it was pretty much just filled with average matches.
Hell in a Cell
Now we're getting to the good shows. Above average, and not bad by any stretch.
This pay-per-view was headlined by the Undertaker vs. Kane in a Hell in a Cell match, which, surprisingly, did not steal the show.
While it was great to see Undertaker and Kane back inside the iconic cage they each specialize in, Randy Orton vs. Sheamus stole the show, despite only being the second match of the night.
Between the good matches and Paul Bearer turning on the Undertaker, it's safe to say that Hell in a Cell turned out to be a very good pay-per-view.
While it certainly wasn't great by SummerSlam standards, in comparison to some of the other pay-per-views of the year, it was a very good show.
Headlining the show was Team WWE vs. Team Nexus, which featured John Cena finally overcoming the Nexus, who he had been feuding with for months.
The Undertaker also made his return, and it was a good thing because the Kane vs. Rey Mysterio match was somewhat painstaking to watch.
All in all, while it could have been much better, as SummerSlam is held to a higher standard than other pay-per-views, the show was still very good.
Over the Limit
Over the Limit came as a shock to most fans.
It was the first Over the Limit and it didn't seem like anything too special, but after the event, which was riddled with injuries, most fans were impressed.
Matches like Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk and John Cena vs. Batista in an "I Quit" match made this one of the better pay-per-views of 2010.
Money in the Bank
Who doesn't love the Money in the Bank Ladder match?
You may not like the fact that WWE scrapped the popular Ladder match from WrestleMania, but it's a safe bet to say that all fans love this match.
Both of the Money in the Bank Ladder matches on this card were great, and that, combined with the fact that for the first time ever, Mr. Money in the Bank cashed in on the night he won the briefcase, made this a great show.
Elimination Chamber always lays the foundation for WrestleMania. It's always one of the better pay-per-views, but 2010's Elimination Chamber was an exceptional show.
The show started with an Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship, which saw Sheamus lose the belt to John Cena. But even after that, Batista won the belt from Cena.
The Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship is what stole the show, though. Although the ending was brought about by an interference by Shawn Michaels, when a run-in results in the Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, that's a good thing.
The card was loaded and the show delivered. Period.
The 2010 Royal Rumble wasn't the best Royal Rumble ever, by any stretch, but even the worst Royal Rumble event can easily outdo most other pay-per-views.
The actual 2010 Royal Rumble match wasn't amazing, but it also wasn't bad, either. It featured the shocking return of Edge, which added a whole new level of depth to this show.
The undercard, wile it looked good on paper, didn't turn out to be all that great. But the always exciting Royal Rumble match made up for that, and then some.
Was there really ever any doubt as to what the best pay-per-view of 2010 would be?
WrestleMania XXVII was filled with great matches, obviously headlined by the Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, which, on top of being the last match of Shawn Michael's career, was one of the best matches ever.
The other main events were John Cena vs. Batista for the WWE Championship and Chris Jericho vs. Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship, and both were very good in their own right.
Could it have been better? Yes. Was it still a great show and easily the best of the year? Also, yes.